How to use Facebook Workrooms, the ‘virtual office’ within Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘metaverse’

August
31, 2021

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A couple of weeks ago, Facebook announced the launch of the open beta version of Horizon Workrooms, a tool that will facilitate collaboration between the members of a work team. However, there are still many doubts about how to use the ‘virtual office’ which represents the first launch in the construction of the ‘metaverso’ what you visualize Mark Zuckerberg.

Horizon Workrooms will allow to organize remote virtual meetings, as if people were in the same room, thanks to the technology of Virtual Reality (VR). For example, it includes functions such as a virtual whiteboard, mixed reality keyboard and desktop tracking, hand tracking, remote desktop streaming, video conferencing integration, and spatial audio.

Users will be able to access these spaces from their computer or through the Oculus Quest 2, developed by the Zuckerberg company. In the first case, the person will join by web video call, in the second it will be integrated as a avatar.

According to a release of the company, Workrooms “Is designed to enhance your team’s ability to collaborate, communicate, and connect remotely, through the power of virtual reality, whether it’s meeting to brainstorm or shaping ideas, working on a document, or listening to updates from your team, hang out and socialize, or just have better conversations that flow more naturally. “.

How to do virtual meetings in Facebook Workrooms?

The company detailed that Horizon Workrooms brings together several of its new technologies in a single experience for the first time.

The tool is available for free download at virtual Oculus Quest 2, developed by the company Oculus, property of Facebook. But this does not mean that you should rush to buy helmets from $ 299 (about 6,000 Mexican pesos) for all your collaborators, although maybe you should.

“An Oculus Quest 2 headset is required for the first person to create a team of Workrooms and for anyone who wants to join meetings in virtual reality. People can also join meetings via video calls from their desktop computer if they don’t have a Quest 2 “, clarify in the section of questions and answers.

How to join Facebook Workrooms?

Knowing this, what you must do to live the virtual reality experience in the ‘metaverse’ is:

1. Create an account in Workrooms. New users must register to create a new work team, this account is independent from those of Facebook and Oculus. If your colleagues or friends are already on the platform, they can send you an email invitation to join their existing team of Workrooms. If not, you can open your account hereYou will only have to accept the terms, confirm that you are over 18 years old and choose a name.

2. Descargar Horizon Workrooms. From your Quest 2 helmet (if you have one), go to the Oculus Store and install the tool.

3. Pair your Oculus Quest 2 with the app. Once you have downloaded Workrooms, just follow the instructions in the application to link your VR headset with your account and get started.

It is worth mentioning that to experience Workrooms in virtual reality you must access the application from the Quest 2 helmet, for what is required log in to facebook.

How safe is the Workrooms ‘virtual office’?

Facebook detailed that the activity within the ‘virtual office’ it will not affect the user’s account in the social network unless he chooses to link them.

The company of Mark Zuckerberg also emphasized that Workrooms will not use conversations and work materials to show Facebook Ads. He also pointed out that neither the social network nor third-party applications have access to the images and videos of the local environment, captured by the device’s sensors.

“Other people cannot see your computer screen in Workrooms unless you choose to share it, and the permissions you grant for the Oculus Remote Desktop application are only used to allow streaming from your computer to your helmet.”, clarified Facebook.

And you, are you going to give a chance to Horizon Workrooms now enter the ‘metaverse’ of facebook?

Article: Soure